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Transcript of Modernism
values and traditions Rejects idea of absolute truth Condemns Modern Society Emphasize on intrinsic
perspective Characteristics of Modernism
in Literature Plethora of Symbol Limited wording Informal Language Emphasis on style Impressionism Expressionism Surrealism Historical Context World War I Rejection of Nationalism Prohibition Pessimism Corruption Distrust of Government Gangs/Violence Jazz Examples of Modernism Influenza Pandemic 50-100mil people died 1/3 world infected Rejects Religion The Great Gatsby All Quiet on the Western Front Ulysses Brave New World The Sun also Rises Women Suffrage Usually associate with alienation, loss, and despair Kafka, Franz. "A Hunger Artist." Lundwood. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2010.
<http://www.lundwood.u-net.com/ahunga.htm>. Artsmia. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2010. <http://www.artsmia.org/modernism/>.
Whitcombe, Christopher L.C.E. "Roots of Modernism." Whitcombe. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2010.
<http://witcombe.sbc.edu/modernism/roots.html>. White, David. "Introduction to Modernism and Postmodernism." Walters State Virtual Campus. 2001. Web. 03 Oct. 2010.
<http://vc.ws.edu/engl2265/unit4/Modernism/all.htm>. Things Modernists and
Stereotypical Teenagers (You)
have in common Defiance to laws and authority Breaks away from tradition Depression Realization of presence of evil
in the world Condemns Modern Society Informal Language Artwork 1900s-1930s “You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” Les Demoiselles by Pablo Picasso (1907) Picasso, Pablo. Les Demoiselle. Digital image. PBS. 2000. Web. 4 Oct. 2010. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/cultureshock/flashpoints/visualarts/picasso_a.html>. The Dance by Henri Matisse
(1909) Matisse, Henri. The Dancers. Digital image. Web Museum. 19 Aug. 2002. Web. 4 Oct. 2010. <http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/matisse/>. "The urge has but a single outlet. My love, my baby. No wonder those poor pre-moderns were mad and wicked and miserable. Their world didn’t allow them to take things easily, didn’t allow them to be sane, virtuous, happy." "Just as we turn into animals when we go up to the line . . . so we turn into wags and loafers when we are resting. . . . We want to live at any price; so we cannot burden ourselves with feelings which, though they may be ornamental enough in peacetime, would be out of place here" "we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agonyForgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?" "History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." Bibliography